Q: What does the 15% next to my oil light mean?

asked by on October 01, 2016

My oil light came on. I know I need an oil change but what worries me is the 15% beside it. What does that mean?

My car has 5000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hi, thanks for writing in. I’d be happy to help. This is telling you that your car has 15% life on the oil left, before it is recommended to change it. Make sure the person that changes the oil and filter resets the oil change indicator back to 100%. Here at YourMechanic, we can have a technician come to your home or office to change your oil for you.

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